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15-12-11, 09:35 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
To my mind the whole colour balance issue is an irrelevance, this is so easily fixed in PP. What the images lack is Punch, or Pop and the reason for that is that they've been taken at a high shutter speeds with ambient light.
If you check out the EXIF data these images were taken using ISO 640 and 800 respectively, both at 1/320 sec @ f3.5 with an 18mm lens. I'm assuming this was the 18-55mm kit lens.
So, let's look at what we have. The ISO setting is too high for a good noise-free image and should perhaps be around the 400 mark.
In an attempt to accentuate the height of the jump you have shot from a low angle, but this has has included the light source in the image which is being picked up by the meter resulting in the underexposure of the subjects, therefore you need to change the camera angle to keep them out of the frame.
This is immediately going to present you with a problem, because this is going to give you a shutter speed of about 1/100 sec @ f3.5, which I'm guessing is wide open. This is too slow to capture the action. It will also loose the impact gained from the low angle.
There is only one solution - Flash. Even the built-in flash on the camera will freeze the action and give you a better colour rendition. You'll be able to work with a smaller aperture which will increase the depth of field and increase sharpness overall (no lens works at it's best wide open). If you have a separate flash unit then even more possibilities are open to you. Switch off the lights (at least those in view) because they'll only confuse the camera. This will make life difficult for the AF, so I suggest you switch to manual and pre-focus with all the light you can get beforehand.
Hope this helps.
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